Dordt College News

They gave thousands of hours

June 23, 2014

In the past academic year, 871 students—approximately 60 percent of Dordt’s student body—have performed 26,499 hours of community service and service learning.

Service opportunities abound in the Sioux Center community and in neighboring towns, where Dordt students tutored children, led activities at the Kidzone afterschool program, ministered with Cornerstone Prison Church Ministry, and more.

Following last April’s ice storm, 200 Dordt College students, faculty, and staff contributed 800 hours to clean‑up.

In addition, students extend their reach nationally and internationally by serving through mission and service trips with PLIA (Putting Love In Action) and AMOR (A Mission OutReach). PLIA sent 122 students to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada during spring break. Over Christmas break, 44 students went on AMOR to the Third World countries of Jamaica, Haiti, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Tanzania, partnering with local relief organizations.

Students also serve as HopeLine (Dawson McAllister radio program) coaches answering phone calls and chats from young people who are searching for help. The radio program airs nationally and internationally to more than 50 countries.

“We are grateful to see God glorified through the selfless outpouring of our students to help others in need within the Sioux Center community and around the world,” said Bethany Schuttinga, vice president for administration.

Sarah Vander Plaats  (’05)

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